Ever since I was a child, I loved to make people feel and look beautiful.

The BEST Beauty Books on the Market

Inspired by New York Magazine

Cheeky Complexion has been in a bit of a book rut! We are always scouring the internet, mainly Amazon for more authors who have cozy murder mystery series. It’s really quite a corny genre of books… I mean half the people you’re glad they died (rest their souls), ya know what I mean? Like the one neighbor who irritated everyone, smelled like moth balls, yelled at the neighborhood kids when having fun… You know, that type person, so you’re not sad to see her go…Then you spend the rest of the book TRYING to figure out who did it but then you realize that the book really isn’t helping you out because the person who actually did the murdering was only mentioned twice, once in chapter 2 and then all the sudden, you hit chapter 23 and they’re back in full force and now arrested, vomiting out all the details that you don’t even remember…. Anyways, for some dumb reason I LOVE those books. If the murder is on Cape Cod, even better, or in a snowy cabin, I’ll take it. Though this isn’t as corny & the writer actually helps you guess the murderer, Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None is my all-time favorite. I’d encourage you to read that ‘classic’.

Sooooo… Lately I’ve exhausted all my efforts when it’s come to the criterion for my next read – Female character lead (no real reason why, except maybe I pretend to be her throughout the read) very little romance if any (I’m a real stick in the mud), no less than 5 books in the series, ‘best seller’ status is preferred, I don’t like vampires but I love ghosts, a token cat is a plus, preferably fluffy and referenced often and finally a normal size book (you wouldn’t believe how many cozy mystery books come in the mail looking like your damn Hooked on Phoenix book, like 11X11, insane)! So after reading my neurotic list, you can probably guess why I’m in a rut (or maybe you’re not thinking about the rut so much as how maybe I should focus less on being neurotic LOLOLOL)! But with any rut, you gotta come out on top so that’s why I thought our next book could be all about skincare! WINNING!

We were reading the Wall Street Journal the other day, spotting a really cool article about these neat shipping containers in Tampa, and then I was thinking how I hadn’t read New Year Magazine in a while, thinking of newsy online publications, so I happily stumbled upon an article that featured the best skincare books trending this season.

So while it’s really easy for you to just head on over and read their list (which I would encourage you to do too), we thought we’d take some of their favs and include Cheeky’s as well! Now that’s what we call teamwork. Enjoy! And don’t forget, if you have a skincare book to recommend, let us know in the comments below. ORRRRRR if you have a cozy murder mystery series that you love, holler at us down there too! We need all the help we can get.

Plant Powered Beauty

‘With Plant-Powered Beauty: The Essential Guide to Using Natural Ingredients for Health, Wellness, and Personal Skincare (with 50-plus Recipes), harness the power of plant-based energy to maintain your natural beauty and let your skin glow like never before. Natural beauty experts Amy Galper and Christina Daigneault show readers how to deconstruct beauty labels, parse ingredients lists, make informed choices about the products they use—and, most important, better understand how their skin works.’

An Atlas of Natural Beauty

‘An illustrated coffee-table book for a skincare person or a budding botanist, this one takes an encyclopedic look at beauty-enhancing botanicals — apricot oil, jojoba, jasmine, argan oil, and many more — and their many uses. An Atlas of Natural Beauty was written by the founders of Paris’s famous apothecary L’Officine Universelle Buly.’

What’s the Sitch on Botanical Skincare Products?

The Beauty of Dirty Skin: The Surprising Science of Looking and Feeling Radiant from the Inside Out

‘Every year, nearly 80 million Americans will consult their doctors about their skin. In fact, skin disorders beat out anxiety, depression, back pain, and diabetes as the number one reason Americans see their doctors. Unfortunately, however, the vast majority will receive only a surface-level treatment, leaving the underlying conditions at the root of their skin issues unresolved. Skin doesn’t lie; it reflects overall health in unimaginable ways.’

The Little Book of Skin Care: Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin 

‘As the founder of Soko Glam, a leading Korean beauty and lifestyle website, esthetician and beauty expert Charlotte Cho guides you through the world-renowned Korean ten-step skin-care routine—and far beyond—to help you achieve the clearest and most radiant skin of your life With Charlotte’s step-by-step tutorials, skin-care tips, and advice on what to look for in products at all price levels, you’ll learn how to pamper and care for your skin at home with Korean-approved techniques and pull off the “no makeup” makeup look we’ve seen and admired on women in the streets of Seoul.’

Korean Skin Care: Charlotte Cho’s Beauty Bible

Ageless Beauty the French Way

We still consider ourselves Francofile’s for the record!

‘While many women are passionate about the best skin care lines, hair treatments, and beauty practices, Clémence von Mueffling has that passion in her DNA. Both her mother and grandmother were beauty editors for French Vogue, and Clémence proudly continues their legacy in Ageless Beauty the French Way, a luxurious, entertaining, unparalleled guide to every French beauty secret for women from all walks of life. ‘

The Skincare Bible

‘Dr Anjali Mahto is one of the UK’s leading consultant dermatologists. Equipped with years of expertise and the most up-to-date evidence, she sets out to cut through the noise and distinguish the nuggets from the nonsense. Chia seeds won’t make your skin glow and lilac water is never going to reduce acne scarring. And, when it comes to the best products, high price doesn’t necessarily mean high quality. Tackling common complaints such as acne and dryness, rosacea and aging, The Skincare Bible is your definitive companion to your body’s biggest organ. Clear, concise and packed full of tips on the best products and routines, it will help you discover what works for you and find confidence in your own skin.’

The Skincare Answer Book

For the ‘learner’! More of a resource rather than an ‘enjoyable’ read.

‘In over two decades of practice, the author has been asked hundreds of questions by clients, as well as estheticians. Now the SKIN CARE ANSWER BOOK provides concise, quick answers to the most-asked consumer skin care questions and will help educate licensed estheticians and clients alike about their individual skin types.’

Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal

‘Alchemy of Herbs will show you how to transform common ingredients into foods and remedies that heal. What were once everyday flavorings will become your personal kitchen apothecary. While using herbs can often seem complicated or costly, this book offers a way to learn that’s as simple and inexpensive as cooking dinner.’

We have a few skincare books at home that are not on this list…. some would be too out of date to still be appreciated & then others I just didn’t think were any good.

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